Two Tied for Futures Lead

By Futures Tour MediaJuly 24, 2004, 4:00 pm
Futures TourSYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Call her Hot Tamulis. And for good reason.
For the second consecutive Sunday, rookie Kris Tamulis will have a chance to win her first Futures Tour tournament. And after two rounds in the $60,000 M&T Bank Loretto Futures Golf Classic, the Floridian moved closer to making that goal a reality.
'I think it's pretty close,' said Tamulis of Naples, Fla., who carded a second-round 69 today for a share of the lead with Allison Hanna at 5-under-par 137. 'I've been giving myself great opportunities. It's not an accident that I'm here two weeks in a row. Now, I just hope I can finish it off.'
Tamulis had that chance a week ago in New Hampshire, but got nipped by a tour-record 62 in the second round by eventual winner Erica Blasberg. She'll have a shot again in Sunday's final round, but will have to get past Hanna, the recent Ohio State University grad who is playing with confidence and consistency.
Hanna, also a rookie, carded a 68 today at The Links at Erie Village with three birdies, no bogeys and a belief that she also is getting a second chance to close out a Sunday lead.
'I'm always ready,' said Hanna, who held the lead going into the final round of her professional debut in Indiana in late May. 'Since then, I've gotten more relaxed and I've refocused. I just gave up my college golf bag. Now I know you have to go out there, be yourself, have fun and just play your game.'
Playing the game was more difficult today than it was in Friday's opening round on the par-71, 6,224-yard course strewn with water hazards. Several holes tripped up players all day, giving the leader board erratic swings throughout the round.
First-round co-leader Melanie Wilhite of Clarksville, Tenn., held the lead through nine holes, but found the water on the 11th for a double bogey. Wilhite dropped four more shots by the finish. The tricky par-5 seventh hole had 32 bogeys or worse, as tee shots were squeezed between tight out-of-bounds stakes on the left and a large water hazard on the right toward which the wind was blowing.
Veteran Michelle Murphy grabbed the lead from Wilhite after No. 8, but gave back shots on her next two holes with bogeys. It wasn't until the 16th hole that the former LPGA Tour member clawed her way back into a tie for the lead with a 10-foot birdie putt. But a bogey at the 17th and a 20-foot birdie chance on the last hole that stopped two inches short left Murphy a shot behind going into Sunday.
'I had a lot of close putts I didn't make,' said Murphy, of Tacoma, Wash., who finished the day at even-par 71 to drop into a tie for second with Linda Ishii at 4-under 138.
The putts that Murphy missed, Ishii made. She fired a 4-under-par 67 on a day in which she hit 17 greens in regulation. 'My putting has been hurting all year long, so this is very satisfying because I made a lot of clutch putts today,' said the Los Angeles native.
Especially satisfied was rookie Virada Nirapathpongporn of Bangkok, Thailand, who fired her season-low round of 67 to move into a tie at 3-under 139 with Seul Ki Kim of Incheon, Korea and Nicole Perrot of Vina del Mar, Chile.
The former Duke All-American three-putted from 30 feet on the 16th, then birdied the 17th, 18th and first hole. She added three more straight birdies on her second nine at holes 7, 8 and 9 to post her first round in the 60s since turning professional in May. For the first time all year, 'NP3' finally climbed onto the leader board.
But a fight to the finish in Sunday's final round is almost certain. Will it be Murphy, the veteran, who outwits the field? Will it be Hanna, Tamulis, Nirapathpongporn or Kim -- all rookies looking for their first pro title? Will it be Perrot, winning her second season title? Or will it be fourth-year pro Ishii, eager to add a third Futures Tour title?
'I think it will be fun,' said Tamulis, of Sunday's final round. 'It's definitely something you work for and why you grind it out, out there. All I can do is play my best.'
Seventy-six players in the 144-player field made the 36-hole cut at 149 (+7).
Sundays final round will begin at 8 a.m. from the first tee only, with the leaders going off at 11:45 a.m.
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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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    Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

    The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

    They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

    It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

    “I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

    The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.